THE WORLD BANK has recently released a draft report, India’s Water Economy: Bracing for a Turbulent Future. By reducing water to an ‘economy’ and further reducing the water economy to a ‘market economy’, the World Bank’s worldview makes water privatisation and commodification inevitable. In this worldview there is no ‘water ecology’, no ‘water culture’ and no ‘water democracy’.

In spite of the failure of water privatisation in country after country, and in spite of the success of community-based approaches in different parts of India, the World Bank is aggressively pushing for water privatisation ...


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